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Intellectual disability and the death penalty : current issues and controversies / Marc J. Tassé and John H. Blume.

By: Tassé, Marc J [author.].
Contributor(s): Blume, John H [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Santa Barbara, CA ; Prager , 2018Description: viii, 176 pages ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781440840142; 1440840148.Subject(s): Capital punishment -- United States | Offenders with mental disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States | People with mental disabilities and crime -- United States | Mentally ill -- Commitment and detention -- United States | Insanity (Law) -- United States | Capital punishment | Insanity (Law) | Mentally ill -- Commitment and detention | Offenders with mental disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc | People with mental disabilities and crime | United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Intellectual disability and the death penalty.DDC classification: 345.73/0773
Contents:
Intellectual disability and how it is diagnosed -- A brief history of and introduction to the modern American death penalty -- The Supreme Court and the categorical exemption from capital punishment for persons with intellectual disability : Atkins v. Virginia -- Atkins on the ground : post-Atkins lower court decisions -- Assessing intellectual functioning -- Assessing adaptive behavior -- Assessing the age of onset -- Expert witnesses -- The future of Atkins.
Summary: "[This] book documents the legal and clinical aspects of the issues related to intellectual disability and the death penalty. [The book]: provides a comprehensive review of the legal and clinical aspects of the death penalty and intellectual disability; offers a detailed discussion of the Supreme court decision in Atkins v. Virginia as well as a review of court decisions since that 2002 ruling; details the diagnostic issues related to determination of intellectual disability, such as the assessment of intellectual functioning, adaptive behavior, and age of onset; and shares best practices in clinical assessment and important forensic matters that must be considered."--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Intellectual disability and how it is diagnosed -- A brief history of and introduction to the modern American death penalty -- The Supreme Court and the categorical exemption from capital punishment for persons with intellectual disability : Atkins v. Virginia -- Atkins on the ground : post-Atkins lower court decisions -- Assessing intellectual functioning -- Assessing adaptive behavior -- Assessing the age of onset -- Expert witnesses -- The future of Atkins.

"[This] book documents the legal and clinical aspects of the issues related to intellectual disability and the death penalty. [The book]: provides a comprehensive review of the legal and clinical aspects of the death penalty and intellectual disability; offers a detailed discussion of the Supreme court decision in Atkins v. Virginia as well as a review of court decisions since that 2002 ruling; details the diagnostic issues related to determination of intellectual disability, such as the assessment of intellectual functioning, adaptive behavior, and age of onset; and shares best practices in clinical assessment and important forensic matters that must be considered."--

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One will have a difficult time finding a topic more controversial than the death penalty. Yet Tassé (OSU) and Blume (Cornell) aim to clearly outline why capital punishment is unfair and inconsistent, particularly in relation to intellectual capacity. The authors offer a history of capital punishment and outline the legal challenges to the imposition of death as the ultimate punishment. Introductory chapters provide history and context for the modern-day death penalty system. Tassé and Blume detail Atkins v. Virginia, the seminal case on capital punishment and intellectual disability. Dissecting the court's decision, the authors help show the impact of Atkins and address some post-Atkins decisions at lower-court levels. No literature considers this many cases post Atkins. The book finishes by examining the capital punishment landscape after Atkins, yet another topic not heavily researched. Legal scholars would be wise to read Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty as it can assist in understanding both the law and the culture surrounding the death penalty. This is an important book best suited for anyone generally interested in issues related to capital punishment in the US. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. --Aaron RS Lorenz, Ramapo College

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<p> Marc J. Tassé , PhD, is professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and director of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. He is also a licensed psychologist.</p> <p> John H. Blume is the Samuel F. Leibowitz Professor of Trial Techniques at Cornell Law School, where he teaches criminal procedure, evidence, and federal appellate practice and supervises the Capital Punishment and Juvenile Justice Clinics.</p>

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